Jan. 25, 2011
No. 2 Arizona at No. 1 Texas
No. 2 Arizona vs. SMU
No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 3 Texas
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, Texas
Friday: Events begin at 4 p.m. CST
Saturday: Events begin at Noon CST
Ahead This Week: Arizona travels to Austin, Texas this weekend, its so called "Home Away From Home" to swim against Southern Methodist and Texas in a two-day tri-meet at the Jamail Texas Swim Center. The Wildcats were at UT over the first week of December for its annual Texas Hall of Fame Invitational where they posted several NCAA automatic cut times.
A Look At The Schedule: After this weekend's Texas two-step, the Wildcats have just one dual meet left on the schedule before the postseason arrives. On Feb. 12, Arizona will host Arizona State in the teams' annual head-to-head meeting. From there, the women's team will have about a week of training before its Pac-10 Conference meet in Federal Way, Wash. while the men's conference meet will be one week from that in Long Beach, Calif.
Last Week: The Arizona teams were downed in matchups with Stanford and California this past weekend but it wasn't without several standout individual performances. Alyssa Anderson totaled five wins over the Bay Area schools, including winning three events (500 free, 1000, free and 200 fly) against California on Saturday. Kevin Munsch and Cory Chitwood were each two-time winners in the 200 breast and 200 back events this weekend while the men's 400 medley relay "A" and "B" teams placed first and second on Friday against the Cardinal.
A Look At Texas: The defending NCAA champions on the men's side, Eddie Reese's team is again the top-ranked team in the country led by freestyler Jimmy Feigen and backstroker Austin Surhoff. The UT men currently hold a record of 3-1 in dual meets to go along with two first-place invite finishes. For the Longhorn women, they are currently ranked third in the dual meet rankings and have a 6-2 dual meet mark.
Scouting SMU: The Southern Methodist Mustangs are coming off hosting the SMU Classic which saw the likes of Florida, Michigan and USC all in attendance. Leading the men's team is former Arizona breaststroker Tom Cole who was named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week for his performances in winning the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the SMU Invite.
Last Meeting: When Arizona and Texas faced off last season in a dual meet in Tucson, it also marked No. 1 Texas squaring up against No. 2 Arizona on the men's side. The host Wildcats were able to rise to the occasion to beat last season's NCAA champs, 181-171. The Wildcat women were also on the winning side of things against the Horns in Tucson, defeating them 201-152.
Two of the Best: Texas' Eddie Reese and UA's Frank Busch were named last week as head coaches for the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China by USA Swimming. Between them, Reese and Busch have over 60 years of collegiate coaching experience and are considered two of the elite in the business. In addition to their coaching at the WC's, Busch and Reese will also have six of their swimmers on the Championships roster.